Conditioned


She watches him hang out the wet clothes
Wrung out, machine-dried
Rigid with anger because she is sick
He is angry at the unmade bed,
at the baby clothes dangling from the chair
Anger turning him into a quiet worker.
he sweeps the bread crumbs
pushing them harshly out
from under the table.
Bitterness chokes her
Guilt for being sick
Sick of feeling guilt.

©Reena Prasad 5th Nov 2012

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